Lovely day yesterday at Giscours, despite Wills and Kate being forced to cancel last minute..... For once the sun shone for the wine trade fixture and the two teams battled it out in front of a decent crowd of spectators(?) - do they count as spectators when they came out for the barbecue and the wine?
Marc, between his April 1st high jinx, organised a very conviviale afternoon, ably assisted by Stéphane who looked after the barbecue and the "buvette" with such aplombe.
As for the cricket BGCC was sent in on a very green wicket (sorry) and got off to a fairly rollicking start thanks to Rupert "Birthday Boy" Holderness and some generous bowling. The top order, though, displayed a disturbing penchant for missing straight balls, which accounted for yours truly early on and then 3 wickets in an over to leave the innings hanging in the balance. Enter Ian Snooke and Andy Smith, who both played very well, straight batting the good balls and belting the not so good ones. Both ended up with 40 odd and their partnership took us well on the way to a very defendable total. Chris "I'll be out to field in a minute skipper I haven't finished my wine" Myers and Sammy Holderness finished the job to leave us with a respectable 168 on the board from 35 overs.
Intermission took the form of delicious canapés and rosé in the tent, thank you Marc.
Snooke and Reeves opened the bowling, Jon bowling well without luck and Snooke taking the first wicket in an accurate 7 over spell. That brought the flowing strawberry locks of Julian from J&B to the wicket, who proceeded to hit some majestic cricket shots, mainly through, over, or between mid-off and extra-cover. The captain brought himself on to see if what he could do, only to see anything pitched up pinging back past him the the straight boundary. It was then over to Holderness senior and Junior. Sammy bowled a very good spell, highlighted with a couple of wickets. Rupert's slow left-armers created a couple of chances but unfortunately we still couldn't remove the danger man. Not until he had scored 79 was he caught at deep mid-on, leaving the game delicately poised, the wine traders needing 50-odd runs with 5 wickets in hand. I thought we had a sniff, only for the flame to be extinguished by one of our own! Charlie Matthews was seeing the ball well and there was nothing Chris James, Andy Smith, Jon Reeves nor myself could do to stop him guiding them home. A gallant fielding effort all the same, thanks Marc for your unwavering commitment, and great to see the likes of Chris Myers back in the cricketing fray.
After the game the vino flowed once more, the last hanger's-on leaving as the sun went down on a very enjoyable day. Special thanks to Marc and Giscours for treating us to such a wonderful afternoon, and to Stéphane, (I'm not sure of the final figures but) who's efforts brought in a tidy little sum for the club's coffers - we'll have to find a way to share the load he took upon himself yesterday for future games, good job mate!